10 Best CEOs to Watch 2020
Success begins with the people you have in the workplace. It is an indisputable fact that the people that work day-in and day-out bring out the real potential of an organization. But the world is changing very fast. Today, every successful organization must deliver an experience at work that is more connected. Saba with its expertise makes this happen.
Founded in 1997, Saba is one of the great San Francisco software stories that started out from a garage. In the beginning, the company started out by pioneering the Learning Management System (LMS). So, from the very beginning the Dublin, CA-based company has been changing the experience of work for its customers.
2005 was a pivotal year for the company as it made the connection between training and career development. The company launched Saba Performance management. They also started expanding into integrated talent management. This enabled their customers to bring together multiple phases of the employee lifecycle.
But the journey had just begun for the company as it eventually had multiple solutions like the fully integrated Virtual Classroom and Saba Succession and Saba Workforce Planning which helps leaders all over the world. In 2009, Saba made its entry into the cloud scene. And there was no turning back for the company ever since.
Today, Saba’s cloud-based talent platform leverages the science of talent to deliver a personalized talent experience for everyone. The platform is powered by AI and machine learning. It helps the talent leaders by delivering actionable insights to them. The solutions from Saba for recruiting and onboarding, learning, development, performance, and engagement enable businesses to gain new heights in terms of business agility and extensibility. The company’s product solutions help organizations all over the world attract recruits who are a perfect fit.
Talent Management Leader
Saba has worked with many successful organizations and its experience with talent management has brought it many laurels and recognitions ever since it was established. But the past two years have filled up their trophy cabinet up to the brim.
The latest recognition for Saba came when the National Association of Business Resources named the company as one of the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Nation. The company received this recognition for the second consecutive year. Saba had one of the highest ratings in the employee survey that was used to adjudge the winners of this recognition. Recently, in February 2020, Saba was also presented with three Brandon Hall Group (BHG) Excellence in Technology Awards at the HCM Excellence Conference and Gala.
Acquired by CornerStone
Saba has delivered and supported learning, performance, and recruiting for over 20 years through its product solutions. In February 2020, CornerStone OnDemand Inc., a people development solutions company entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Saba in a cash and stock transaction which was valued at approximately $1.395 billion.
The Leader Upfront
Phil Saunders, CEO
He has been the CEO of Saba since 2018. He joined Saba in 2015 as the company’s President. As the chief executive, he is responsible for the company’s vision and strategy across all products and go to market functions, business operations, and talent and culture initiatives. He has been instrumental in Saba’s growth as a talent management leader. Prior to Saba, he had a 20-year stint at Gemalto.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Business Administration from the Seton Hall University W. Paul Stillman School of Business.
“Our team chose Saba Cloud to consolidate “bite-sized” content that is easily searchable and available 24/7/365 on any device. Today product learning at Dell is a simple as scanning a QR code on a Dell product to get linked to troubleshooting video tips on Saba. Scan, learn, do.”
- Ben Hastings, Senior Director of Learning Technologies, Dell
“The joy of Saba, is that connectedness of the talent platform. With Saba we’ve got the skills linking to learning, performance, succession and talent management. All of those things coming together in one place is very cool.”
- Jeanne Bonzon, Director of Learning and Development, BJC Healthcare
“We’re using Saba Cloud for talent, succession, performance, social and collaboration, and learning. The ability to have the entire organization go through a true talent and performance process with succession planning is really exciting for us.”
- Chris Salles Director of eLearning, Guitar Center
“We're committed to connecting your people strategies to business value, with responsible AI and deep, actionable analytics that help business leaders like you find, connect with, develop and grow the right talent at the right time.”
“Our expansive global presence, deep local know-how, and a tech platform designed to accommodate any locale, any language, any regulation, any protocol, means your talent partner is as global as you are.”